Plainfield, New Jersey
|Plainfield, New Jersey|
|City of Plainfield|
Aerial photograph of Plainfield
|Nickname(s): The Queen City1|
Map of Plainfield in Union County. Inset: Location of Union County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Plainfield, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: 23|
|Incorporated||April 21, 1869|
|• Type||Special Charter|
Adrian Mapp Term ends December 2017)4
|• Administrator||Eric Berry5|
|• Clerk||Abubakar Jalloh6|
|• Total||6.034 sq mi (15.626 km2)|
|• Land||6.023 sq mi (15.599 km2)|
|• Water||0.011 sq mi (0.027 km2) 0.18%|
|Area rank||256th of 566 in state
8th of 21 in county3
|Elevation8||95 ft (29 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)9101112|
|• Estimate (201213)||50,244|
|• Rank||35th of 566 in state
3rd of 21 in county14
|• Density||8,270.1/sq mi (3,193.1/km2)|
|• Density rank||45th of 566 in state
4th of 21 in county14
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885355183|
Plainfield is a city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population increased to 49,808, the highest ever recorded population in any decennial census,101112 with the population having increased by 1,979 (+4.1%) from the 47,829 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,262 (+2.7%) from the 46,567 counted in the 1990 Census.19 Plainfield is nicknamed "The Queen City".1
Plainfield was originally formed as a township on April 5, 1847, from portions of Westfield Township, while the area was still part of Essex County. On March 19, 1857, it became part of the newly created Union County.
Plainfield was incorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 21, 1869, from portions of Plainfield Township, based on the results of a referendum held that same day. The city and township coexisted until March 6, 1878, when Plainfield Township was dissolved and parts were absorbed by Plainfield city, with the remainder becoming Fanwood Township (now known as Scotch Plains).20
- 1 Geography and climate
- 2 Demographics
- 3 History
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Commerce
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center
- 9 Plainfield Teacher's College hoax
- 10 Arts and popular culture
- 11 Notable people
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Plainfield is located at United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 6.034 square miles (15.626 km2), of which, 6.023 square miles (15.599 km2) of it is land and 0.011 square miles (0.027 km2) of it (0.18%) is water.23(40.615444,-74.415775). According to the
The city is located in Central Jersey on the southwestern edge of Union County and is bordered by nine municipalities. Scotch Plains lies to the north and east, and Fanwood to the northeast. Bordered to the south are South Plainfield, and Piscataway. To the southwest lies Dunellen and to the southeast, Edison. All which are in Middlesex County. Green Brook lies to the northwest, North Plainfield lies to the north and Watchung borders to the northwest. All three of these municipalities are in Somerset County. Plainfield is in the Raritan Valley, a line of cities in central New Jersey, and lies on the east side of the Raritan Valley along with Edison.
Plainfield has a humid continental climate, characterized by brisk to cold winters and hot, muggy summers. The lowest temperature ever recorded was −17 °F (−27 °C) on February 9, 1934, and the highest temperature ever recorded was 106 °F (41 °C) on July 10, 1936, and August 11, 1949.21 According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Plainfield has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.22
|Climate data for Plainfield, New Jersey (1981–2010 normals)|
|Average high °F (°C)||39.3
|Average low °F (°C)||23.3
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.70
|Snowfall inches (cm)||6.8
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||9.7||8.3||9.5||10.9||10.3||10.0||9.4||8.8||8.3||8.3||9.1||9.7||112.3|
|Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)||2.9||2.0||1.4||.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.2||1.4||8.1|
|Source: NOAA 23|
|Population sources: 1870-192024
1860-18702526 187027 1880-189028
1930-199031 20003233 2010101112
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 49,808 people, 15,180 households, and 10,884 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,270.1 per square mile (3,193.1 /km2). There were 16,621 housing units at an average density of 2,759.8 per square mile (1,065.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 23.54% (11,724) White, 50.20% (25,006) Black or African American, 0.91% (455) Native American, 0.95% (474) Asian, 0.05% (26) Pacific Islander, 20.13% (10,024) from other races, and 4.21% (2,099) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 40.37% (20,105) of the population.10
There were 15,180 households of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.23 and the average family size was 3.60.10
In the city, 25.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.3 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.10
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $52,056 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,048) and the median family income was $58,942 (+/- $4,261). Males had a median income of $33,306 (+/- $4,132) versus $37,265 (+/- $3,034) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,767 (+/- $1,013). About 12.2% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.34
As of the 2000 United States Census16 of 2000, there were 47,829 people, 15,137 households, and 10,898 families residing in the city. The population density was 7,921.7 people per square mile (3,057.4/km²). There were 16,180 housing units at an average density of 2,679.8 per square mile (1,034.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 21.45% White, 61.78% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 10.78% from other races, and 4.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.16% of the population.3233
There were 15,137 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 24.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.49.3233
In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.3233
The median income for a household in the city was $46,683, and the median income for a family was $50,774. Males had a median income of $33,460 versus $30,408 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,052. About 12.2% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.3233
It was settled in 1684 by Quakers,35 and incorporated as a city in 1869. Formerly a bedroom suburb in the New York metropolitan area, it has become the urban center of 10 closely allied municipalities, with diversified industries, including printing and the manufacture of chemicals, clothing, electronic equipment, and vehicular parts. Among the several 18th-century buildings remaining are a Friends' meetinghouse (1788),36 the Martine house (1717), and the Nathaniel Drake House (1746), known as George Washington's headquarters during the Battle of Short Hills in June 1777.3738 Nearby Washington Rock is a prominent point of the Watchung Mountains and is reputed to be the vantage point from which Washington watched British troop movements.3940
In music history, Plainfield is known as the birthplace of P-Funk. George Clinton founded The Parliaments while working in a barber shop in Plainfield. Parliament-Funkadelic was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Plainfield is now home to former New Jersey governor James McGreevey.41
In sports history, Plainfield is the birthplace of several current and former athletes, including professionals and well-known amateurs. Included in their number are Milt Campbell, the 1956 Olympic Decathlon gold medalist (the first African-American to earn this title),42 and Joe Black, the first African-American pitcher to win a World Series game.43
There are numerous sites, including homes, parks, and districts in the city that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While not listed, the Plainfield Armory, a prominent landmark completed in 1932, was sold by the state in 2013 as surplus property.44
Plainfield was affected by the Plainfield riots in July 1967. This civil disturbance occurred in the wake of the larger Newark riots. One Plainfield police officer died, about fifty people were injured, and several hundred thousand dollars of property was damaged by looting and arson. The New Jersey National Guard restored order after three days of unrest.45 This civil unrest caused a massive white flight, characterized by the percentage of black residents rising from 40% in 1970 to 60% a decade later.46
Plainfield is governed under a Special Charter granted by the New Jersey Legislature by a mayor and a seven-member City Council, all of whom serve four-year terms in office. All council members are elected to four-terms of office. There are four wards, with one ward seat up for election each year. There are three at-large seats: one from the First and Fourth Wards; one from the Second and Third Wards; and one from the City as a whole. The three at-large seats and mayoral seat operate in a four-year cycle, with one seat up for election each year.7
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of the City of Plainfield is Sharon M. Robinson-Briggs (D, term of office ends December 31, 2013).47 Members of the Plainfield City Council are Chairperson, Committee of the Whole William Reid (Ward 1; D, 2014), Tracey L. Brown (At Large All Wards; D, 2016), Vera Greaves (At Large Wards 1 and 4; D, 2015), Adrian O. Mapp (Ward 3; D, 2016), Bridget B. Rivers (Ward 4; D, 2013), Cory Storch (Ward 2; D, 2015) and Rebecca Williams (At Large Wards 2 and 3; D, 2014).4849505152
Plainfield is located in the 12th Congressional District53 and is part of New Jersey's 22nd state legislative district.115455 Prior to the 2010 Census, Plainfield had been part of the 6th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.56
New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D, Hopewell Township).57 New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg)5859 and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).6061
For the 2014-2015 Session, the 22nd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Scutari (D, Linden) and in the General Assembly by Jerry Green (D, Plainfield) and Linda Stender (D, Scotch Plains).6263 The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).64 The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).65
Union County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose nine members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis with three seats coming up for election each year, with an appointed County Manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among its members.66 As of 2014[update], Union County's Freeholders are Chairman Christopher Hudak (D, Linden, term ends December 31, 2014),67 Vice Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh (D, Roselle, 2015),68 Bruce Bergen (D, Springfield Township, 2015),69 Linda Carter (D, Plainfield, 2016),70 Angel G. Estrada (D, Elizabeth, 2014),71 Sergio Granados (D, Elizabeth, 2016)72 Bette Jane Kowalski (D, Cranford, 2016),73 Alexander Mirabella (D, Fanwood, 2015)74 and Vernell Wright (D, Union, 2014).7576 Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi (D, Union, 2015),77 Sheriff Ralph Froehlich (D, Union, 2016)78 and Surrogate James S. LaCorte (D, Springfield Township, 2014).7980 The County Manager is Alfred Faella.81
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 20,722 registered voters in Plainfield, of which 12,078 (58.3% vs. 41.8% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 947 (4.6% vs. 15.3%) were registered as Republicans and 7,693 (37.1% vs. 42.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 4 voters registered to other parties.82 Among the city's 2010 Census population, 41.6% (vs. 53.3% in Union County) were registered to vote, including 56.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 70.6% countywide).8283
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 14,640 votes here (93.3% vs. 66.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 909 votes (5.8% vs. 32.3%) and other candidates with 46 votes (0.3% vs. 0.8%), among the 15,683 ballots cast by the city's 22,555 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.5% (vs. 68.8% in Union County).8485 In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 15,280 votes here (92.3% vs. 63.1% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,110 votes (6.7% vs. 35.2%) and other candidates with 56 votes (0.3% vs. 0.9%), among the 16,548 ballots cast by the city's 22,516 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.5% (vs. 74.7% in Union County).86 In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 11,508 votes here (85.4% vs. 58.3% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,773 votes (13.2% vs. 40.3%) and other candidates with 88 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 13,480 ballots cast by the city's 20,445 registered voters, for a turnout of 65.9% (vs. 72.3% in the whole county).87
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 7,140 ballots cast (81.3% vs. 50.6% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,057 votes (12.0% vs. 41.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 355 votes (4.0% vs. 5.9%) and other candidates with 84 votes (1.0% vs. 0.8%), among the 8,786 ballots cast by the city's 21,738 registered voters, yielding a 40.4% turnout (vs. 46.5% in the county).88
The Plainfield Public School District serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The district is one of 31 Abbott districts statewide,89 which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.9091
As of the 2010-11 school year, the district's 15 schools had an enrollment of 8,105 students and 501.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.18:1.92 Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics93) are Barlow Elementary School94 (339; K-5), Cedarbrook Elementary School95 (575; K-8), Clinton Elementary School96 (329; K-8), Cook Elementary School97 (313; K-7), Emerson Community School98 (483; K-5), Evergreen Elementary School99 (555; K-5), Jefferson Elementary School100 (395; K-5), Stillman Elementary School101 (273; K-5), Washington Community School102 (565; PreK-5), Woodland Elementary School103 (266; K-5), Hubbard Middle School104 (354; 6-8), Maxson Middle School105 (329; 6-8), Plainfield High School106 (1,392; 9-12), Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development107 (53; 9-12) and Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies108 (160; 7-9, to be expanded to 7-12).109
The district's high school was the 280th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 307th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.110 The school was removed in 2009 from the list of persistently dangerous schools in New Jersey.111
Portions of Plainfield are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide) at eligible merchants.114
Plainfield has two New Jersey Transit rail stations on the Raritan Valley Line, formerly the mainline of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. The main Plainfield station is in the downtown and a second, smaller Netherwood station is in the Netherwood section, east of the downtown. The New Brunswick train station is approximately 15 minutes away.
NJ Transit also provides bus service on the 113 and 114 to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 59, 65 and 66 (Limited) to Newark; and local service on the 819 and 822 routes.115
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 30 minutes away.
Solaris Health System, a nonprofit company which owns Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, a hospital in Plainfield, asked for permission to close the hospital. This request has been opposed by People's Organization for Progress, an advocacy group based in Newark, New Jersey.116117118 The closing has been attributed to the large number of uninsured patients served by the hospital.119
Plainfield Teacher's College, a mythical institution created as a hoax by a duo of college football fans in 1941. The phony college's equally nonexistent football team had its scores carried by major newspapers including The New York Times before the hoax was discovered.120
- The Plainfield Symphony performs concerts at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. The orchestra was founded in 1919, making it one of the oldest continuously operating orchestras in the United States.121
- In October 2010, former Plainfield music teacher Anwar Robinson and performer Yolanda Adams joined with community residents to try to be recognized by Guinness World Records for assembling the world's largest gospel chorus.122
- In the teaser trailer for the film, A Good Day to Die Hard, John McClane remarks "the 007 of Plainfield, New Jersey" thus confirming this as his fictional birthplace.123
Notable current and former residents of Plainfield include:
- Ernest R. Ackerman (1863–1931), represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1919-1931.124
- John Adams (1772–1863), educator who taught at the Plainfield Academy.125
- Rich Bagger (born 1960), former mayor of Westfield, New Jersey.126
- Jeff Barry (born 1938), pop music songwriter, singer and record producer.127
- Joe Black (1924–2002), professional baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.43
- Judy Blume (born 1938), author.128
- Van Wyck Brooks (1886–1963), author.129
- Taiwan Brown (born 1987), television personality, former mtvU VJ.130131
- Milt Campbell (1933–2012), 1956 Olympic decathlon gold medalist.42
- Earl Clark (born 1988), basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, formerly for the University of Louisville Cardinals.132
- George Clinton (born 1941), founder of Parliament-Funkadelic, childhood home.133
- Manny Collins (born 1984) American football cornerback.134
- Archibald Cox (1912–2004), Watergate special prosecutor.135
- Bill Evans (1929–1980), jazz pianist.136
- J. Michael Fay (born 1956), conservationist.137
- Jan Groover (born 1943) photographer noted for her use of emerging color technologies.138
- Mark Haines (1946-2011), former host of the CNBC shows Squawk Box and Squawk on the Street.139
- Bret Harte (1836–1902), author and poet.140
- Eddie Hazel (1950–1992), lead guitarist and founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic.141
- Byron Hurt (born 1969), documentary filmmaker.142
- Robyn Kenney (born 1979), field hockey player.143
- Phyllis Kirk (1927–2006), actress.144
- Peter Liske (born 1942), former professional football player.145
- Randolph Manning (1804-1864), Michigan Supreme Court justice.146
- Burke Marshall (1922–2003), head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Civil Rights Era.147
- James Edgar Martine (1850–1925), United States Senator from New Jersey.148
- Robert Mason (born 1942), author of Chickenhawk.149
- Mary McCormack (born 1969), actress.150
- Jim McGreevey (born 1957), former Governor of New Jersey.41
- Eugene Monroe (born 1987), professional football player for the Jacksonville Jaguars.151
- Dudley Moore (1935–2002), actor who resided there at time of death.152
- Nonnie Moore (1922–2009), fashion editor at Mademoiselle, Harper's Bazaar and GQ.153
- Cordell Mosson (1952-2013), vocalist and bassist for Parliament-Funkadelic.154
- James S. Negley (1826–1901), Civil War General, farmer, railroader, and U.S. Representative from the state of Pennsylvania.155
- Billy Bass Nelson (born 1951), bassist, founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic.156
- Andrew P. O'Rourke (1933-2013), former Westchester County Executive.157
- Montell Owens (born 1984), professional football player for the Jacksonville Jaguars.158
- Irving Penn (1917-2009), photographer.159
- Elizabeth Price (born 1996), gymnast.160
- Kasim Reed (born 1969), birthplace, current Mayor of Atlanta.161
- Jane Rule (1931-2007), author of lesbian-themed novels and non-fiction.162
- William Nelson Runyon (1871–1931), Acting Governor of New Jersey from 1919 to 1920.163
- Robert Shapiro (born 1942), lawyer.164
- Garry Shider (1953–2010), musical director of P-Funk.165
- Percy Hamilton Stewart (1867–1951), mayor of Plainfield in 1912 and 1913, represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1931-1933.166
- Edward Herbert Thompson (1856–1935), archaeologist and diplomat.167
- Jeff Torborg (born 1941), former professional baseball player and manager.168
- Fred Van Eps (1878–1960), banjoist and early recording artist.169
- Rich Vos (born 1957), comedian.170
- Helen Walulik (1929–2012), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player.171
- David S. Ware (born 1949), jazz saxophonist.172
- Vic Washington (born 1946), former professional football player.173
- James Edward Maceo West (born 1941), co-inventor of the foil electret microphone and member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.174
- Harrison A. Williams (1919–2001), U.S. Senator who resigned following the Abscam scandal.175
- Jay Williams (born 1981), former professional basketball player with the Chicago Bulls.176
- Malinda Williams (born 1975), actress who played hair stylist Tracy "Bird" Van Adams on the Showtime television drama Soul Food.177
- Bernie Worrell (born 1944), keyboardist, founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic, childhood home.178
- James A. Yorke (born 1941), chair of the Mathematics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park.179
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